Xiaomi MI Drone 4K Review

From last few years, Xiaomi has developed remarkable performance in market with its wide collection of smartphones. But now this brand has expended its abilities in the big market of action cameras, home appliances and PCs. This time we are going to talk about one of the most incredible launch of Xiaomi that is series of Drones with 4K cameras. Xiaomi MI is a high performance quadcopter that carries 4K camera with lots of exciting features. Go through the details below to enjoy impressive flight performance of Xiaomi MI.

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Complete Review for Xiaomi Mi Drone 4K:

Pros:

  • Low price range.
  • Xiaomi MI is designed with detachable camera module and rotors.
  • It can provide impressive results for 4K recording.
  • Can track the fixed zone for flights and when flies out then it automatically limit movements.
  • Outstanding visual positioning system.

Cons:

  • Its aesthetics are not much appealing.

Features:

Even with reasonable price tag, this advanced drone unit has several features to offer its users. The most impressive one is its 4K recording ability with higher stability whereas still shots are recorded with 1080p resolution level. The wireless transmitter is designed with 2.4GHz frequency range whereas the altitude range goes as high as up to 800m. Control distance offered by Xiaomi MI is 3000m and the overall flight time offered by this tiny drone unit is 27 min. It has 5199mAh rechargeable battery with 17.4 Volt rating that takes total 3 and half hours for complete charging.

Design:

Xiaomi Mi has impressive aesthetics and most of its features are comparable to DJI Phantom 4 Drone. The best part is that this drone unit is designed with light weight structure so you can easily carry it to your tour. Even, the propeller guards as well as the gimbal unit are detachable so that you can put this drone easily inside your backpack. The overall weight of Xiaomi Mi is only 149 grams due to carbon fiber and polycarbonate material.

Battery Life:

As already discussed, Xiaomi MI can spend 27 minutes in air with one time full charging. But battery time can be depleted faster if you prefer to use auto return to home and auto departure feature. The 17.4 Volt battery unit with 5199mAh capacity takes 3 ½ hours to full charge but if you want to extend battery life then prefer to carry a backup with you. As already discussed, Xiaomi MI can spend 27 minutes in air with one time full charging. But battery time can be depleted faster if you prefer to use auto return to home and auto departure feature. The 17.4 Volt battery unit with 5199mAh capacity takes 3 ½ hours to full charge but if you want to extend battery life then prefer to carry a backup with you.

Flight Performance

Like most of the advanced drone units, Xiaomi Mi also features autonomous flying mode. All that you need to do is simply hit the TapFly button and it will start moving. Users can control all movements with a tap of finger and you can check all movements with the help of map. The most amazing feature of Xiaomi Mi is its ability to communicate via mobile phone so that users can manage recording focus of its camera. One more appreciable feature is its surrounded flight ability; you can make it circle around any specific object by sending commands from smartphone. You will love to capture videos with its 360 degree motion ability that leads to incredible clicks. How can we forget to talk about the most advanced feature of this special drone unit that is Preset Rout following ability! Users can make pre adjustments for all flights and it will capture smooth shots every time. The automatic landing and takeoff feature helps in easy controls whereas if this drone goes far from 3meter range then it will switch back to its preset path. It is possible to bring this drone back with only one button and in order to improve its performance you can access the calibration settings. Note that, if somehow your drone gets lost then it will take almost 30 to 45 minutes for coming back.

Control Range:

As we have discussed earlier that Xiaomi Mi is designed to work on 2.4GHz transmitter frequency range. It has left hand throttle ability along with the handy built in type phone clamp. In order to operate this drone from remote distance you simply need to configure its flight settings to Mode 2. Note that MI is able to fly at maximum height of 800m and it can go as far as up to 3000 meters from operator.

Camera:

Xiaomi Mi Drone unit comes with two different variants where the professional one carries 4K camera unit with it and another variant is able to handle 1080P resolution level. Note that the 4K camera comes with 12.4MP sensor from Sony and it works with Ambarella image processor. You can set its frame rate up to 30fps. Another option is 1080p resolution setting that comes with 16.4 megapixel sensor from Sony along with Ambarella Image Processor. In this case frame rate can go as high as up to 60 fps. The 2.4GHz transmitter further ensures interference free recording in air.

Conclusion:

The 1080p variant of Mi Drone is available with price tag of $380 whereas for 4K camera facility you need to pay $460 when ordered from China. All the advanced features of this drone unit make it suitable for professional users. It can beat several high end competitors with its all new specifications. Prefer to carry additional battery for your long distance tours so that you can enjoy all time flights without worrying about battery backup.

Nov 09,2017 8:44 am